Friday, May 14, 2021

Beyond the Shore and Shadows by Chantal Gadoury Blitz and #Giveaway

Beyond the Shore and Shadows
Chantal Gadoury
(Lena #2)
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: May 11th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

The merrow who angered Poseidon

The man who loves her

And an evil that could destroy them both

The sea is calling. . .

Lena—who was born as a merrow but walks as a human—is now in possession of the Magiske Skal: the shell once owned by the queen of the merrows. With its power comes untold danger, and should it fall into the wrong hands, the Fosse-Søfolk will face an evil they cannot overcome. Lord Jarl knows what Lena has, and he wants it for himself.

After running away from the Lundby-Wyatt Inn, leaving behind everything she was familiar with, Lena finds herself in the company of the warm and kind Soren Emil.
When the villagers turn against her and Soren, they’re forced to leave the burning Bror Boghandel behind and escape to a forgotten cottage on the edge of the shore, where no one will find them. Lena knows she must get the shell back to the sea and destroy it, before it falls into the hands of Lord Jarl—or worse, his possessive apprentice, Jace Wyatt.

With the help of some unruly pirates, Lena and Soren journey to the sea, where Lena thought she’d never return. There, she will have to face not only the Sea King’s army, the Fosse-Søfolk, but the impossible choice to sacrifice her own life, or the life of the man she loves to keep the Magiske Skal from the evil that craves it.

What will Lena choose? Who will win the struggle for power?

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Lena sat up in bed with a gasp. Her heart was pounding in her chest and she could barely breathe. As she darted her gaze about the room, she noticed a strange grey cloud lingering all around her. Lena took in a deep breath but began to cough on the strange pungent scent in the air. Her eyes stung as she searched the darkened room.

There was smoke…so much smoke.

Lifting her arm up to cover her nose, she tried to look around the small living-area again, but the fumes stung her eyes. Everything was cloaked in the thick grey cloud. Involuntarily, she sucked in a breath before immediately coughing again, choking on the thick smog that was quickly filling the area around them. What was happening?

Just beyond the stone wall of the Bror Boghandel, Lena could make out the echoes of rising voices off in the distance. Whoever they were, the ringing of their voices drifting through the walls seemed rather ominous.

“Soren!” Lena gasped, pushing herself from the bed. Lena coughed and slid to the floor. At least there, she could breathe better again.

After a small evening meal, Lena had spent a few hours going looking over the letters Soren had begun to teach her, while he sifted through a few of the books he’d taken from Edwin’s room. She had even seen him dig out the small broken white opal stone he possessed from his mother, to gaze at it more closely. He leaned over the books on the table, comparing the sketches in the pages to the stone in his hand. At some point amongst his research, she’d given in to sleep. He must have put her to bed, for she was still dressed in her blouse and skirt.

“Soren!” she hissed as she closed her eyes; they were beginning to water against the stinging air. She could hear the voices off in the distance, and she carefully tried to make out what they were saying. But it seemed they were too far away.

Taking a quick breath, Lena began to pull herself across the floor; her fingers acting as her eyes.

“Soren!” she tried again, choking on the swirling air around her. Her chest began to grow tight as she continued to crawl toward his still, sleeping form on the floor. Just as her fingers grazed over him, he moved, startled.

“Lena?” Soren’s voice broke through the darkness. She saw the shadow of his head move, seemingly taking in the surroundings before reaching for her. He lifted the blanket to her face. “Don’t move this away. We’ll die if we breathe in too much smoke.”

She obeyed and slid her hand to hold the blanket in place.

“We have to get out of here,” he managed, lifting a small blanket to cover his own nose and mouth. The smoke had already begun to sting her lungs, reminding her of the first time she broke through the sea’s surface. She remembered the way her lungs fought between fresh air and salt water. She wanted to take in a deep breath, but knew she had to resist.

“I’m going to grab what I can,” Soren murmured, gently taking her arm and leading her to the door. “Stay in the shop. I’ll be right there.” With her heart pounding in her ears and quick thinking, Lena moved back toward the nightstand, grabbing her nightgown before turning on her heel and reaching for Soren’s brown jacket that hung near the door. Both might come to be useful wherever they’d need to go. She shoved her feet into the extra pair of boots left by the door and slipped into the bookshop.

“Why is this happening?” Lena asked softly, her voice wavering from fear. What is going to happen? She stood shivering despite the insufferable heat that was burning its way through her last safe haven. Taking in another breath and promptly choking on the thick smoke, she couldn’t help but look around her. All of the books… all of the stories and ship logs she would now never learn how to read. Over her shoulder, she could hear the sounds of Soren rustling through the stacks of books.

Squinting through the dark and hazy air, Lena could only make out Soren grabbing various things and shoving them into a small cloth satchel. Lena held the blanket against her nose and mouth, trying to breathe in whatever air she could. It wasn’t nearly as bad in the shop, but she could make out the shadows of strangers through the windows, just outside the main door. Their voices echoed throughout the shop. She turned her violet gaze back to the darkened doorway. Her heartbeat echoed in her ears.

“Soren,” she called out softly. “Soren!”

Ahead, she could hear more of what those gathering outside the doors of the Bror Boghandel were saying: “Come out here, bookkeeper! We know you’re in there!” Lena darted toward the door. Were they here to help? She reached for the latch but froze when she heard another voice just on the other side. “Come out little pearl,” Lord Jarl’s voice rang. “Everyone knows the truth.”

Lena’s heart sank to her stomach. She felt frozen, despite the licking flames beginning to engulf the small book shop from the side. Lord Jarl had come for her after all, and he hadn’t stayed in hiding for long. Was Jace with him? Lord Jarl’s words echoed in her ears, as she allowed the realization of what he’d said to fill her. Everyone knows the truth. They all knew she was a merrow. Her fate was sealed. Her fingers began to tremble, and she swallowed hard, her throat thick with smoke and unshed tears as she gripped the blanket against her nose. They all know. They were all here for her

Author Bio:

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published "The Songs in Our Hearts" with 48Fourteen Publishing, and "Allerleirauh" with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she's not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-'brother' (aka, puppy) Taran.

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Whisper by Tracy Bilen Blitz and #Giveaway

Tracy Bilen
Publication date: May 8th 2021
Genres: YA Romantic Thriller

Stop him.

After her friend Samantha is murdered, seventeen-year-old Olivia is the only one who still hears her voice.

Years ago, Jacob closed his eyes. In a park. Playing hide-and-seek. His little brother is still missing. And Jacob’s mom is the FBI agent who couldn’t find him.

Now Jacob has dreams he can’t explain. And draws faces of those about to die.

In a town terrorized by a serial killer, Jacob meets Olivia. Sparks ignite.

Until the voice in Olivia’s head echoes the warning in Jacob’s dream…

You’re next.

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My dad used to tell me there are people inside of marbles. They were always talking to him. Whenever I wanted to play a game, he would pick the one with marbles. Only we wouldn’t actually move the marbles. My dad would just stare at them. Finally I stopped asking to play games. But that didn’t matter. My dad would still get out the game with the marbles, and he’d put the marbles in their little resting spots and watch them. And listen.

At Samantha’s house, her three-year-old sister, Cara, is playing a marble game with one of her friends. They’re off in a corner by themselves, probably wondering why all these people are stuffed inside the house, wearing dark clothes, crying randomly, and talking in hushed voices. Cara wasn’t at Samantha’s funeral. Does she understand that her sister is never coming home?

I move away from Cara and fill a plate with cubes of cheese, triangles of salami, and round crackers. I chew, swallow, and make small talk. But mostly I just stare out the window at the pool and remember the last time I was here. Sixth grade. A pool party for Samantha’s birthday. She and I were friends then. We stopped being friends sometime in seventh grade. I think it had something to do with green slime, a ham sandwich, and a guy we both liked, though I’m not really sure anymore. It all seems pretty stupid now, which gives me a lumpy ache in my throat, and makes me feel like a fraud for being here. But the whole junior class was at the funeral, all ninety-eight of us.

Make that ninety-seven.

Plus a good part of the rest of the high school. And although not everyone made their way here after the funeral, the house is still packed, with people spilled out onto the lawn, hovering by the pool, and clutching their paper plates as if they’re life preservers.

My best friend, Julia, slides up next to me. Her chestnut brown hair is arranged in its usual French braid, except a lot of strands that she missed are poking out today. She takes a loose bit and wraps it around her finger.

“Brings back memories, huh?” she says, following my gaze to the pool. “Remember that sleepover in sixth grade?”

“Yeah, that was fun.” Except now my brain jumps right from sleepover to sweet dreams. The Sweet Dreams Strangler.

I shake my head, trying to blot out the images seared into my mind by the news media. Images of Samantha, lying in a field wearing a beautiful dress, her head on a pillow, hair neatly arranged, hands folded.

Beautiful. But dead. Strangled. I don’t know what to say, even to Julia. I look back out the window. A cardinal is perched on the feeder, picking through seeds, scattering debris on the ground.

“It sure is stuffy in here,” Julia says.

I’m about to agree when a wall of cold air hits me. “Mrs. Young must have read your mind. Wow. That feels good.”

Julia scrunches up her face. “What are you talking about?”

“The air. She turned on the air. Don’t you feel it?”

“No. Are you under a vent or something?” Julia peers up at the ceiling.

“Here, switch places with me.”

“It’s just as hot here—”

“It’s just as cold—”

We say it at the same time. “I guess it’s just your wishful thinking.” Julia pats my shoulder. “Enjoy. I’m going to get some more to drink.”

I nod and head across the room, by the TV, where hopefully it’s warmer.

Goose bumps pop up on my arms. I rub them, but it doesn’t help.

Next to me Josh Wallace tosses a cube of cheese into his mouth. Is that sweat dripping off his forehead? Why am I the only one shivering?

I spot a decorative blanket on the couch. Should I? I tap Marcus on the shoulder. “Sorry, could you lean forward? I just need to get something behind you.” I tug at the blanket and drape it over my shoulders.

Julia is back with a drink in her hand. “Why do you have a blanket wrapped around you? Are you feeling okay?”

“Not really,” I answer. “What’s that noise?”

“What noise?”

“That buzzing sound. Is that the TV? Maybe someone turned it on without switching on the cable box.” I fumble with the buttons on the TV. An image flashes across the screen, and a voice blares.

Funeral services were held today for Samantha Young, the fourth victim of the Sweet Dreams Strangler.

Mrs. Young hovers in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room. All the color drains from her face.

I can’t seem to move. Julia turns off the TV. The buzzing grows louder, and then I realize that it’s voices I’m hearing, lots of them, all blending together into one big buzzing sound.

And then the buzzing fades away until I hear only one voice.


It’s not real. I know it’s not real.


It’s not real because the voice is Samantha’s, and Samantha is dead.


It’s not real because the voice is not coming from a person. It’s coming from a fricking figurine on the mantel. From a yellow bird with black wings and a black head. I pick up the figurine, and I hold it in my hands. This is what my dad meant when he said there were people living in marbles. And then it speaks again.

Olivia! Stop him!

Even though I’m kind of expecting it, Samantha’s voice scares me all the same. It makes me jump and my hands open up and that figurine smashes on the floor and breaks. And I’m a little glad because maybe now the voice will stop. But suddenly I’m burning up, the salami and cheese rumbles around in my stomach, and before I can sit, the room spins all around me and darkness sets in.

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Tracy Bilen is the author of What She Left Behind and Whisper. She is a high school French teacher in Michigan where she lives with her husband and children. Tracy studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught Spanish at a high school ski academy. She loves biking, traveling, and red velvet cake.

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Viken Command by Grace Goodwin Blitz and #Giveaway

Viken Command
Grace Goodwin
(Interstellar Brides Program #18)
Publication date: October 28th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Danger and desire…for one Interstellar Bride, they prove an irresistible mix.

Whitney Mason is the daughter of a Wall Street con man. When he is sent to prison and her family’s name is destroyed, she is eager for a new life on a new world. Anywhere but Earth. Tested by the Interstellar Brides Program, she is matched to a strong Viken warrior. What she doesn’t know is that her mate and the other two warriors waiting to claim her are on a secret and dangerous mission for the Coalition Fleet’s Intelligence Core. From the moment she arrives on Viken, they are forced to lie to her… about everything… except their desire.

For Alarr, Oran and Teig, the arrival of a bride is an unexpected complication. The timing couldn’t be worse, but IC command is thrilled. A bride is the perfect cover, giving the fighters access to every inch of the famous pleasure resort where they are working undercover. The males are eager to satisfy their new mate, but keeping her safe is their top priority, even if that means lying to her and using her pleasure to take down the enemy. But their sexy mate’s past will come back to haunt them all, for even if they survive the mission, the truth will be revealed and their beautiful, curvy female can forgive anything—except lies.

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“Get our mate a cloak. Now.” I turned at the sharp command and saw a fierce-looking male with military short blond hair and eyes that saw right through me. His look made me shiver again, my nipples hardened, and my body clenched with remembered pleasure.

It had not been him in the dream, but someone similar, a male whose voice demanded compliance. Dominance. And while I was on the other side of the universe, I’d woken up from my testing no more than thirty minutes earlier, the sounds and feelings from the testing still flowing hot and wild in my blood. And that voice? He was hot.

I met his gaze and shivered again. No. Cold. Like ice. Ice that burned.

Warden Egara knew exactly what she was doing to us brides, didn’t she? Get us hot and bothered with the processing dream, then ship us off to hot, virile alien warriors with lust in their eyes and bodies as hard as rocks.

Both Alarr and the blond male were not even trying to hide their interest. Nor the way their hard lengths bulged beneath their pants. And as much as the intensity from the blond male made my body clench, I was grateful to have Alarr’s hand in mine, his calm, firm staid assurance that things with the ice man wouldn’t go too far.

I’d never been pushed out of my comfort zone when it came to sex. But I knew that was going to change, and the thought both thrilled and terrified me.

Author Bio:

Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance with nearly one million books sold. Grace's titles are available worldwide in multiple languages in ebook, print and audio formats. Two best friends, one left-brained, the other right-brained, make up the award-winning writing duo that is Grace Goodwin. They are both mothers, escape room enthusiasts, avid readers and intrepid defenders of their preferred beverages. (There may or may not be an ongoing tea vs. coffee war occurring during their daily communications.) Grace loves to hear from readers.

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#Cover Reveal - Magician Rising by Renée des Lauriers

Magician Rising
Renée des Lauriers
Publication date: May 25th 2021
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Dark powers she can’t control. Deadly hunters tracking her down. Can she rip the target off her back before it turns fatal?

Jun Bear has lived with bad luck all her life. And when a professor threatens to give her a failing grade, the college senior sees her hopes for graduating in two months going down another ill-fated drain. But her fortunes plunge further when an unnatural earthquake shakes the campus and unleashes cold-blooded assassins after her head…

Unsure what’s happening, Jun finds herself facing a trained killer intent on exposing the wielder of the dangerous magic. And when she’s provoked into revealing her unexpected new abilities, she’s determined to prove her innocence before she’s permanently eliminated.

Can she win over an ally and survive a bloodthirsty secret society fixated on wiping her out?

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski Blitz and #Giveaway

The Midnight Lie
Marie Rutkoski
(The Midnight Lie, #1)
Publication date: May 11th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us―and the lies we tell ourselves.

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

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Marie Rutkoski is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for children and young adults, including The Winner's Curse. She holds a BA from The University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. She is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her two sons and two cats. Her most recent book is The Midnight Lie, which will be published in March 2020.

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#Cover Reveal - Highland Hero by Cynthia Breeding

Highland Hero
Cynthia Breeding
(Children of the Mist, #2)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: June 14th 2021
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance

When Juliana Caldwell is abducted from a MacGregor gathering to become the bride of Neal Cameron, time is of the essence to find her. Rory MacGregor is the best tracker the clan has and is ordered to bring her back, even though the two of them have never agreed on anything including that the sky is blue and the grass green.

He certainly would not be Juliana’s first choice of a hero, but at the moment she isn’t going to quibble about who her rescuer is. She’ll do anything to escape, even pretending to be hand-fasted to Rory in order to get the Cameron laird to release her. That plan soon goes awry, and she and Rory are pursued by a determined Neal and they take a circuitous route home, only to be caught in a blizzard that closes the mountain pass they need to take.

They are stranded at Invergarry Castle which poses its own problems since the MacDonnells are friends of the MacGregors and the pseudo-hand-fasting suddenly becomes real. Rory begins to realize that the idea rather appeals to him, but breaking the news to Juliana will be another matter.

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Cynthia Breeding is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and twenty-four novellas. She currently lives on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her absolutely-not-spoiled Bichon Frise and enjoys sailing and horseback riding on the beach.

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What We Devour by Linsey Miller

What We Devour
by Linsey Miller

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire (July 6, 2021)
Publication date : July 6, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print length : 331 pages
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In a world of devastating power and a bloodthirsty monarch, it's time for the wealthy to be devoured.

Lorena Adler has a secret—she holds the power of the banished gods, the Noble and the Vile, inside her. She has spent her entire life hiding from the world and her past. She's content to spend her days as an undertaker in a small town, marry her best friend, Julian, and live an unfulfilling life so long as no one uncovers her true nature.

But when the notoriously bloodthirsty and equally Vile crown prince comes to arrest Julian's father, he immediately recognizes Lorena for what she is. So she makes a deal—a fair trial for her betrothed's father in exchange for her service to the crown.

The prince is desperate for her help. He's spent years trying to repair the weakening Door that holds back the Vile...and he's losing the battle. As Lorena learns more about the Door and the horrifying price it takes to keep it closed, she'll have to embrace both parts of herself to survive.

What We Devour by Linsey Miller 

Filled with raw moments, bloody moments and rare and forbidden powers, WHAT WE DEVOUR by Linsey Miller is a dark young adult fantasy that is both spellbinding and cringe-worthy, but most definitely a powerful read.

Lorena must decide to ally herself with a dark prince in order to save the people she loves and the only world she has ever known. Dark, raw and often heavy with atmosphere, this tale has strong characters who will see themselves betrayed, vilified and often misunderstood. Intense from start to finish, high with an emotional charge and graphically told, this is one of those keepers for most age groups.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire! This is my honest and voluntary review.

One Little Lie by Christopher Greyson

One Little Lie
by Christopher Greyson

My rating: 4 stars

Publication date: June 16, 2021
Publisher: Greyson Media


Kate had high hopes when she moved to her husband‘s hometown, but her domestic bliss was short-lived. Blindsided by her spouse’s very public affair with his high school sweetheart and a painful divorce, Kate’s determined to hold onto custody of her kids and pull herself together. When Kate’s bashed in the head by a drone at her son’s soccer game and face-plants in the grass, it’s more than her self-esteem that’s shattered. The drone’s video reveals that someone is stalking her. And though the handsome detective she’s falling for vows to protect her, Kate knows to be wary of any man making vows.

With things spiralling out of control, she tells a lie. It was only one little lie, but a lie is a welcome mat for the devil, and with the one she told, Kate just rolled out the red carpet. Everything she worked for begins to unravel, along with her sanity. Confused, alone, and afraid, can Kate untangle her muddled mind and unmask her stalker, or will she lose everything—including her life? 


One Little Lie by Christopher Greyson

Her world became an avalanche of self-doubt and insecurity after watching her cheating ex-husband thrive with his mistress and feeling that the entire town was laughing at her as a mother, wife and woman. Now a stalker is shadowing her every move and Kate has no idea why and the ONE LITTLE LIE she told will make her look even more unstable.

Christopher Greyson weaves a tangle web of lies, deceit and chaos as Kate becomes embroiled in an unimaginable plot that makes her feel she is losing her mind. Only the help of an unlikely ally and a police detective stand between her and losing her children along with any sense of dignity she has left.

A solid story, definitely twisted into a suspenseful tale that will have readers second guessing themselves with every new event. For me, a slight failure to truly connect with the main character and her actions sometimes threw me out of the story, but not enough to enjoy that ending!

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Fate of Madness by Jesse Teller (Madness Wars, #4)

Fate of Madness
by Jesse Teller

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Madness Wars - Book 4
Publication date : April 15, 2021
Publisher: Jesse Teller
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print length : 762 pages
Available from: Amazon


Drine gains momentum as Rextur continues his march, yet he knows Tienne rallies forces in its final moments. To secure the west, Rextur must siege the city of his father. A city he was cast from. An upbringing he was denied. He must stay focused to succeed in his lifequest. This war he was raised to win, a fate designed for destruction.

Fate of Madness by Jesse Teller (Madness Wars, #4)

Return to the stark, brutal world of Jesse Teller’s dark fantasy series, Madness Wars for the final installment that brings all of brutality and grit to life in all of its bloody glory. As always, there are no punches pulled, no softening of the jagged edges and the faint of heart should turn back and run!

For those of us who like to lurk on the dark side, live life on the edge, Jesse Teller’s FATE OF MADNESS is a riveting, nerve-jarring culmination of a world gone mad as the lines of good and evil are non-existent and allies are as dangerous as the enemy. Prepare to witness war from all sides, as defenders of their lands fight the invading armies.

From the beginning, Jesse Teller has told the story of his world through various timelines, with a cast of characters that have grown, changed and struggled to survive, strove to conquer, using every gift available to impress their will on others.

This is an adult series, dark, earthy and so very much alive, one cannot help but have their own senses react to each scene. Intricate, intense and non-stop, this is a series to re-read over and over as readers will find even more details they missed previously. Sit back, prepare for a journey like no other. Jesse Teller is a story teller extraordinaire.

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Condition Black by Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington

Condition Black
by Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington


Publisher : Dropship Publishing (April 13, 2021)
Publication date : April 13, 2021
Genre: Thriller | Medical
Print length : 311 pages
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Fantastic Voyage meets The Fugitive in this explosive medical techno-thriller From Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington, the Multi-Award-Winning-Authors of It Takes Death To Reach A Star.

EVAN WEYLAND, a brilliant research scientist tasked with developing new technologies to fight cancer, sees the world through the lens of someone on the Autism Spectrum. His guiding light is his wife, Marie—a globally recognized war correspondent. When she returns home from Syria deathly ill with an unknown disease, Evan believes his research may be the key to unlocking the cure. However, when his superiors refuse his request for help, Evan’s single-minded love for Marie drives him to take matters into his own hands. It is a decision with far greater consequences than he could possibly fathom.

BILLY VICK, a Captain in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, is a combat veteran unable to leave the horrors of war behind. Only the love of his family and a sense of absolute justice keeps him grounded. When Billy’s unit becomes aware of a US-sanctioned airstrike on a civilian settlement in Syria and an eye-witness reporter comatose with an unknown illness, he fears the worst. An unethical military project thought mothballed has resurfaced, and a civilian, Evan Weyland, maybe about to inadvertently unleash it upon the world. It’s a mistake that could cost the lives of millions.

Pitted against each other in a game of chess-like deception and intrigue, with time running out, both men must come to terms with the magnitude of what’s at stake—and what each is willing to sacrifice to win.


Condition Black by Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington

Constant movement, edge-of-your-seat intrigue, ethical dilemmas and a love so desperate that the intensity of this tale explodes off every page as one brilliant, yet challenged scientist races to save the woman he loves against an unknown disease. Will Evan discover the disease is part of a manmade weapon with global impact?

Enter a world of high technology and scientific wonder as a terrifying future world roars to life and one man will stop at nothing to cure the only person to understand his peculiar, autistic ways as he goes face to face against the one man who is willing to risk his own life to prevent an even greater disaster.

CONDITION BLACK by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington grabs readers by the throat and almost dares us to try to put this book down. Brilliant writing from distinct authors is blended into one rapid-fire tale that never lets up!

For those who know the power of well-place words in motion, who love the thrill of intrigue, this is a must read. For those looking for something new, something that forces the mind to look ahead to a possible future where science and espionage hold the potential to become humanity’s worst nightmare, this is a must read. Bold writing, non-stop action, high-powered emotions, fabulous reading lay between these book covers.

I received a complimentary copy as part of a blog tour review.

The Woman in the Scope by Jessica Gadziala (Grassi Family, #2)

The Woman in the Scope
by Jessica Gadziala

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Grassi Family - Book 2
Publisher: Jessica Gadziala
Publication date : March 25, 2021
Genre: Dark Romance
Print length : 227 pages
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I made a deal with a devil in a black suit.

Stuck in a life that had been nothing but misery, when I saw an opportunity to break free, I grabbed it with both hands.

That opportunity came in the form of Lucky Grassi—a capo in the New Jersey mafia, and the one man who could help me navigate the dangers of my plan.

I never planned for it to be anything more than a professional arrangement. One touch from him had me rethinking all my plans for my future. But there was still danger all around. There was no way to know if we would even live long enough to explore what was growing between us…

The Woman in the Scope by Jessica Gadziala

(Grassi Family, #2)

She was a prisoner in her father’s world, a disposable pawn and she wants out. He was sent to do a deadly job, eliminate a problem and take down a target. What they found was an alliance to keep her alive and so much more.

THE WOMAN IN THE SCOPE by Jessica Gadziala once again scrapes through the dark side of life where money and power are everything, even more important than love, a world where blood doesn’t necessarily keep one safe.

Hang on for some wit, humor, and a pairing that should never have happened, but makes perfect sense in the end as two people discover how strong real love can be. Gritty, rich with strong characters and a darkly twisted plot that has Ms. Gadziala’s signature magnetism and creativity.

I received a complimentary copy from Jessica Gadziala! This is my honest and voluntary review.

The Cleaner by Jessica Gadziala (Professionals, #9)

The Cleaner
by Jessica Gadziala

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Professionals - Book 9
Publication date : April 24, 2021
Publisher: Jessica Gadziala
Genre: Romantic suspense
Print length : 228 pages
Available from:


As the creator of her own true crime podcast, Poppy is on the case. Only this time, of a serial killer operating just under the radar in Navesink Bank. And nothing will get in her way. Except, maybe, a good-looking guy with tortured eyes, anxiety, and a cleaning compulsion.

She never could have guessed, though, that he was the very man she’d been tracking down for months…

The Cleaner by Jessica Gadziala (Professionals, #9)

Jessica Gadziala’s THE CLEANER showcases that bad boys can be good and one can’t judge a book by its cover or by their profession, no matter how sketchy it may be. One tenacious young woman will find exactly what she needs when a man who has turned his PTSD/OCD tendencies into a job few can do becomes her knight in tarnished armor.

This one is truly a modern day, sigh worthy romance with an edgy twist as Ms. Gadziala’s writing takes another leap forward with more story, more in-depth characters and just “more” of what keeps me coming back for more of her work. I love the darkness, the heart and the light at the end of each tale she tells!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jessica Gadziala! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Grayson's Way by Lisa Eugene

Grayson's Way
by Lisa Eugene

My rating: 5 stars

Publication date : April 23, 2021
Publisher: Lisa Eugene
Genre: Psychological Fiction
Available from: Amazon


A stand alone contemporary romance told from dual points of view

A journey through the labyrinth of insanity

—and love is the only way out…

Love is patient. Love is kind.

But love is never perfect

Grayson and Angie’s marriage isn’t typical

Grayson suffers from schizophrenia, a mental disorder of delusion and fantasy.

Their deep love, and an unyielding bond have allowed them to endure.

This gorgeous, kind , sexy man has refused to be defined by his diagnosis.

When Grayson spirals into psychosis, Angie is powerless to stop it.

He retreats into a world of delusions and paranoia, distrusting everyone around him.

The danger he perceives appears to be an elaborate mental concoction,

a reckoning of his tragic past and his crumbling present.

Are forces working against them? Are the OTHERS real or has Grayson finally succumbed to the demons in his head?

This time, can she be his salvation, or will this crisis leave their family in ruins?

Can she save Grayson from himself?

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love can also be devastating.

Grayson's Way by Lisa Eugene

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love can also be devastating. One couple will test the strength of their love against the ravages of mental illness and true brilliance in this powerful love story from Lisa Eugene.

GRAYSON’S WAY is a story of devotion and selflessness, loyalty and the strength of one woman to stand against all odds for the man she loves as he defies the labels that society attempts to imprison him with.

True love has the power to weather all storms, no matter how brutal they are. Nowhere does it become more apparent than in the words of this author as this heartfelt, raw and intense tale comes to life. Wonderfully portrayed characters become larger than life as Angie becomes her own force of nature to protect those she loves and Grayson battles the depths of the quagmire of his brilliant mind.

Lisa Eugene spares nothing in this realistic tale of how unsung heroes are all around us, fighting their own battles against society, all for love.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Lisa Eugene! This is my honest and voluntary review.

These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden

These Violent Nights
by Rebecca Crunden

Publication date : March 31, 2021
Publisher: Rebecca Crunden
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print length : 635 pages
Available from: Amazon

Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.

War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.

Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.

And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.

But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares. 
These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden

Rebecca Crunden has found a way to breathe new turmoil, new conflict and heroics into a tale that hits full steam from page one and never lets up! THESE VIOLENT NIGHTS is an action-packed fantasy that comes to life in a brutal and completely believable way as readers live side by side with each character and good vs evil take on fabulous depths.

Love, betrayal, fear and humanity on the brink of extinction fuel this story with brilliant tension that never lets up! Will magic from another universe end mankind’s very existence or can the will to survive prove stronger?

A full-bodied read that never wastes a single word and comes highly recommended!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Rebecca Crunden! This is my honest and voluntary review.